Worshipping the Famous? Why? And How Not!
The antics of the well known are followed slavishly. People follow their twitters, swear by their lifestyle advice, and search out juicy tidbits about them.
The well-known celebrities and celebrity-idols tantalize with their talents and distance with their successes. The well-known have larger than life personas so that their doings seem more important than the doings of non-famous people. Their relationships and choices sparkle (or so it seems) and their thoughts fascinate (more than our own).
Why do we worship the famous?
- Because we are overloaded (too many distractions and too many expectations).
- Or because we are lacking fascinating goals of our own.
- Or because we are afraid to develop our own talents.
- Or because we are discouraged by the words of others who dashed our dreams.
Turning away from ourselves and directing our attention on well-known people releases our expectations of ourselves and cancels our interesting factor (we don’t have to be interesting). The fascinating people–the celebrities and celebrity-idols–receive our potential, and we live live through them.
How can we stop idolizing the celebrities?
Holding onto celebrity fixations is not necessary when fixation on ourselves and on the real people in our lives happens. Here are three ways to release celebrity idolization:
- Remove the overloading distractions. These include irrelevant gadgets, extra stuff in your house, and celebrity publications (online and print).
- Focus on personal goals and relationships.
- If unrealized dreams can be realized, let yourself release the words or actions that held you back. (This step might require assistance from therapeutic counsel.)
Worshipping the famous is focus overwhelmed. Each person has focus for his or her own abilities and for influences that extend these abilities. Focusing on someone else’s abilities diminishes possibilities to extend one’s own abilities.
Celebrity and celebrity-idol fixation brings little that is positive for a balanced life. Letting that attention-thief go is best!